A man from North Carolina and two associates from Texas were charged Tuesday in federal court with coming to Wichita to sell more than $72,000 worth of methamphetamine.
Jorge Castro-Cisneros, 29, of Hickory, N.C.; Fabrizio Tovar-Rodriguez, 26, of Houston; and Daniel Santiago-Bermudez, 37, of Houston, are charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office said.
The men initially were charged in a criminal complaint filed Jan. 18 in U.S. District Court in Wichita. The complaint alleged that in October, Castro-Cisneros talked to a Wichita police detective working undercover about coming to Wichita to sell methamphetamine. Castro-Cisneros sent the detective a text indicating the methamphetamine would cost $24,000 a pound.
Castro-Cisneros arrived in Wichita on Jan. 15 and the undercover detective picked him up at the Greyhound bus depot. Castro-Cisneros told the detective that the drugs would be arriving soon from Houston.
On Jan. 16, a Chevy pickup with a Texas tag met Castro-Cisneros and the undercover detective at the Motel 6 at 5736 W. Kellogg. The detective told the driver of the pickup to follow him. When police stopped the pickup near Central and Ridge Road, they found a package hidden in the engine compartment containing more than three pounds of methamphetamine.
If convicted, the defendants face a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 40 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $5 million.
In other indictments Tuesday:
In addition, Smith is charged with one count of aggravated identity theft, one count of forging an endorsement on a savings bond and one count of possession of a false identification document with intent to commit fraud.